D-II Game Of The Week Heads To Denver
Feb. 12, 2009
NCAA.com Staff Reports
Watch live on Saturday (3 p.m. ET) as No. 23 Metro State tangles with Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rival Colorado Christian in Denver in the NCAA Division II Basketball Game of the Week! Airing live on ncaa.com or CBS College Sports, watch as the Roadrunners (18-3, 12-1 RMAc) look to solidify their spot atop the RMAC East against the 12-9 (7-6) Cougars.
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In a rematch of an thriller between the two teams on Jan. 30 -- which Metro St. took, 88-80 -- both clubs come into the game on very different notes, with Metro State having won its last 10 games and Colorado Christian coming in at 4-5 over its last nine.
During the streak, the Roadrunners have dominated, putting up more than 81 points a game and outscoring their opponents by an average of 15 a game, behind the top-ranked defense in the conference. They're led by Jesse Wagstaff, who's averaging 17.0 points per game, good for ninth in the RMAC, and Marquise Carrington, who's adding 13.6 a game.
On the other side, Colorado Christian has struggled to maintain any consistency on offense. A team that had four players score in double-figures against Metro State in January, with Brendan Puckett (25 points) and Justin Neuhaus (17 points) leading the way, has yet to find any one reliable scorer outside of Neuhaus. The junior's averaging 13.2 points per game while shooting a league-best 61 percent from the floor.
The Cougars are dangerous from 3-point range, shooting just under 38 percent from behind the arc, and they'll need every facet of the game to click against a Metro State team that's keeping teams to only 64.8 points per game and 41.1 percent shooting from the floor to go along with a a +5.38 turnover margin, all best in the conference.